SiBeam has WiGig Reference Design

SiBeam has developed a USB 3.0 adaptor reference design, supporting the WiGig (aka IEEE 802.11ad) standard. Vendors can thus add wireless gigabit connectivity to computers. The system is designed to be interoperable with Qualcomm Atheros’ 802.11ad solution.

Khurram Sheikh is the president of SiBeam and CTO of Lattice Semiconductor. He said, “The boom in applications like the wireless streaming of HD and 4K video are pushing existing Wi-Fi network technologies to their limit… Our USB 3.0 802.11ad adapter reference design and its compatibility with Qualcomm Atheros’ 802.11ad access point solution means OEMs now have access to a complete, end-to-end solution for 60GHz wireless networking that will provide the network speeds and low signal interference required to provide consumers with an uncompromised next-generation Wi-Fi experience.”

SiBeam’s reference design (SK65011U) uses the SB6501, an 802.11ad MAC/baseband chip, and the Sil6312, a 60GHz RF chip. It is available for evaluation purposes now.

Analyst Comment

Canadian company, Peraso, showed a chipset at CES with similar functionality. See our coverage at Peraso Speeds WiGig Rollout and in our CES 2016 Roundup.

Apologies – we missed this news when it was first made public in January. (TA)